A few hours later, the minister announced his resignation, and the channel announced that more exposés would follow.
A barrage of criticism followed, with many accusing the channel of entrapping the minister.
The school scam involved siphoning off of Rs 40 crore belonging to a school run by the Indian community in Kuwait during the Iraqi occupation of the country.
The money was allegedly looted by Chandy and three members of an ad hoc committee established to manage the school after the war.
Four days after it aired a heavily edited audio clip of a sex chat that forced Kerala Transport Minister AK Saseendran to quit the cabinet, Mangalam Television said on Thursday that it made a mistake and offered him an unconditional apology.
The television channel, which launched on Sunday, broadcast the audio clip in its very first news bulletin.
“We apologise for the mistake.”Reading from a prepared statement, he added: “The audio was recorded during a sting operation conducted with the help of woman journalist in our organisation.” Kumar had told on Monday that his channel got the tape from a housewife and a team of editors had verified the voice of the minister before deciding to telecast it.
He had said that Mangalam Television would provide all details to the enquiry panel, set up by the government.
However, the ruling front, which cited the resignation as an example of the high moral standard it upholds in public life, seems to have compromised its moral plank while selecting his successor.In a major embarrassment to the 10-month-old CPI(M)-led LDF government, Transport Minister A K Saseendran resigned over an allegation of sexual misconduct after the leakage of his purported phone talks with a woman.72-year-old Saseendran is the second minister of the Kerala government to quit after its Industries Minister E P Jayarajan, who resigned over charges of nepotism triggered by the appointment of his two close relatives to top posts in the state PSUs.The resignation comes at a time when the ruling party and the opposition Congress-led UDF are busy campaigning for ...*Note : Our Partners are proud to be associated with this initiative and will contribute Rs 100 x 6 months thereafter, standard rate of Rs 149 will be charged.